The Hanoitimes - Making a pilgrimage to a place where people have fought and died to protect their country’s independence and freedom is an extraordinary experience. Vietnam has been named among the five great battle sites in the world that you should visit at least once in your lifetime, according to a list released by The New Daily, an online, non-paywalled, Australian newspaper established in 2013. Vietnam among world’s great battle sites. “The families of veterans are starting to make the pilgrimage to Vietnam, even though, often, the veterans themselves never wanted to return,” The New Daily wrote. “They feel they owe it to the veterans to learn more about what they went through, especially because of the way the veterans were treated when they got home,” says McLachlan, whose company runs battlefield history tours. The New Daily advises travelers that Vietnam’s war legacy is spread across the country, with much of it near … [Read more...] about Vietnam among world’s great battle sites
World famous online shopping sites
Plans for another cable car in Vietnam’s UNESCO-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park have raised more questions than answers in a country where economic interests all too often eclipse limited environmental safeguards. The most troubling question is, according to experts, whether the masses stand to benefit from a project that is being promoted in the name of economic development. Authorities in the central province of Quang Binh proposed the cable car system across Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which UNESCO recognized as a global heritage site in 2003, at a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday. Phuc said that although the idea has raised widespread eyebrows, he and government agencies “agree in principle” with the plan. He said the project must “not interfere with the heritage site nor be overexploited”, asking the culture and tourism ministry to assess the project's possible impacts and consult UNESCO on the … [Read more...] about Controversial cable car plan for world heritage site a stark reminder of Vietnam’s development quagmire
Nguyen Thu Ha complains that her 15-year old daughter Tra My spends too much time listening to music online. "She spends hours surfing from one music site to another, listening to teen songs. My husband and I became worried after we checked the sites she was visiting because most of the songs were about broken love and social evils, with many vulgar lyrics. "We are afraid that if she listens too much to this kind of music, it will have a negative impact on her," says Ha. Just type the name of a song you like and click. It's as simple as that and most young artists now release their albums online. Viet Nam Idol Uyen Linh recently released her album Cam on tinh yeu (Thank You, My Love) online in an effective response to "Uyen Linh fever" that has been sweeping across websites in Viet Nam following her victory in the television competition. And it's not just young artists like Bao Thy, Truc Diem, Ngan Khanh, Khong Tu Quynh and Dong Nhi who are using the web. More established stars such as … [Read more...] about Online music: creative outlet or vice?
Noodles in Hanoi and a cruise through one of the world's natural wonders are unmissable, says Business Insider. U.S. news site Business Insider has published a travel bucket list for Asia with 50 attractions, foods and experiences you have to try, and two of them are in Vietnam. One is a steamy bowl of pho in Hanoi. The noodle soup is known among most tourists and loved by many, so much so that there have been heated online debates about how it should be served. Basically, it is a bowl of soft rice noodles in a broth carefully prepared with different herbs and served with beef or chicken, shallots and chili and lemon to taste. The soup is considered a national dish and can be found all over Vietnam, although it is more a Hanoi specialty and may taste a little bit sweeter and thicker in Saigon. Around four hours drive to the west of Hanoi is Ha Long Bay, a natural marvel with more than 1,500 islands and inlets popping up from emerald waters that are perfect for a boat cruise. The … [Read more...] about US news site names Vietnam’s pho, Ha Long Bay must-try experiences in Asia
In today’s cyber-world, many have grown fond of verbally attacking other netizens and maliciously commenting on miscellaneous matters, including trivia, in a merciless, relentless manner. >> Vietnam farmer shoots to fame thanks to bizarre song covers The Internet boom and easy account registration procedures on Facebook and other social networks and forums have allowed users to freely – and carelessly – share their opinions and comments. Many netizens, mostly young, have thus abused the space and post selfies in which they pose sensuously or show off their valuable belongings. Others comfortably vent anger fueled by their everyday encounters or share plaintive accounts on Facebook. Several Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper readers said they have grown tired of stumbling upon such things on the social networking site. They pointed out that many tend to go to great lengths to lure likes by posting titillating photos or pictures capturing themselves … [Read more...] about Online attacks rife on Vietnamese social networks